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Veteran rock band Van Halen will be hitting the road on Sunday, July 5, for the start of their North American tour. The band, which boasts a collective 40 years as a touring act, will feature David Lee Roth as their front-man and 16-year-old Wolfgang Van Halen (son of guitarist Eddie, and nephew of drummer Alex) as their bassist. They will be bringing Kenny Wayne Shepherd as their supporting act, as well.

The 40-date tour kicks off in Seattle, Washington, will criss-cross the continent, and will conclude on October 4 in Hollywood, California. This tour marks the third time this incarnation of the band has taken to the road as a unit, and previous tours have been notably successful. In 2012, the Different Kind of Truth tour grossed $54.4 million, according to the Billboard Boxscore, and ranked No. 8 among all tours.  Van Halen is used to touring indoor arenas, and so the amphitheater tour will be a bit of a change for them. Nevertheless, the tour should reel in their core fan base despite the fact that they will not be touring in support of any new material. Although it was a huge success, the band’s 2012 tour ended on a negative note after they were forced to cancel the 30-date final leg, and so their upcoming tour should be a positive effort in regathering fans.

On the secondary ticket market, ticket prices are competitive. Across the board, the average<>ticket price to see Van Halen is $208.61. The cheapest show available is their August 23 date at Hershey Park Stadium in Hershey, Pennsylvania. For that show, tickets are going for an average of $128.99, with a get-in price of $35.  The most expensive date on the tour is their August 9 show at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey, where the average secondary price is $321.64, with a get-in price of $40.  Not far behind Holmdel’s pricing are Van Halen’s scheduled dates in Hollywood, California and Houston, Texas.

According to Billboard, LiveNation is projecting that the tour could gross more than $30 million and finish as one of the top-grossing outdoor tours of the summer. It wouldn’t be much of a surprise for the classic rockers to break new ground, given their past history on the road and their known ability to sell tickets.

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Get out your hairspray and neon spandex: back in their nearly original arrangement, Van Halen have announced their 2015 Tour! With Eddie, Alex, and David Lee Roth all taking the stage, this summer’s tour is sure to be a fantastic stroll down memory lane. Replacing Michael Anthony on bass is Eddie’s son, Wolfgang*, who can definitely more than hold his own against his father’s always-on-point axemanship. Take a walk with us down memory lane with the classic video for Panama:

The 2015 tour in support of their new album, Tokyo Dome in Concert, is crisscrossing the US this summer and fall, and will be supported by self-taught guitar prodigy Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Find dates near you!

*Who names their kid "Wolfgang," I mean, really? ROCK STARS, that’s who. Go sit down.

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Heavy metal band Van Halen has just announced they will embark on a massive North American tour in 2015. The tour, which will take them to every corner of the country, will make stops in almost 40 cities, giving Van Halen fans far and wide a chance to see the band. It will kick off on July 5th in Seattle, WA and will finally wrap up on October 2nd in Los Angeles, CA. As with the band’s last two tours, original Van Halen front man, David Lee Roth will be taking on the role of lead vocalist.

Last time Van Halen went on tour was in 2012 on the “Viva La Van Halen Tour,” which was in support of the band’s twelfth studio album, A Different Kind of Truth. The first leg of the “Viva La Van Halen Tour” went on as planned, but the second North American leg of the tour was postponed and eventually cancelled. While it was rumored that the remainder of the tour was cancelled due to fighting between band members, David Lee Roth released a video denying those rumors, stating, “as usual, we bit off way more than we could chew when it came to scheduling.” The “Viva La Van Halen Tour” had over 90 shows scheduled across three continents, which is a heavy workload for any band, let alone a band whose members were close to 60 years old.

With less than half of the number of shows scheduled this time around, Van Halen fans have little to worry about in terms of dates getting cancelled. Their upcoming tour will follow the release of the album, Tokyo Dome Live in Concert, which will come out on March 31. They are also releasing remastered versions of Van Halen and 1984 on the same day. Later this spring, the band will be releasing new versions of Van Halen II, Women and Children First, Fair Warning and Diver Down. Van Halen, who currently consists of David Lee Roth, Eddie and Alex Van Halen, and Eddie’s son, Wolfgang, will be joined by the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, who will perform as their opening act.

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Van Halen postpones tour dates

The 2012 reunion tour of the 80s rock icons began on February 18 and will continue as planned through May 26, but the last three months of the tour have been suddenly and indefinitely postponed, with no reason given. You can read more over at Billboard.com or see remaining Van Halen tour dates.

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Ms. Summer, one of music's greatest hit-makers, passed away on May 17 at the age of 63 after a battle with lung cancer. The singer was active for several decades and won multiple Grammys. Her hits included "She Works Hard for the Money" and "Hot Stuff" (see video at right).

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